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October 5, 2010 > Flash win San Ramon Scramble

Flash win San Ramon Scramble

Submitted By Paul Keswick

FC Fremont Flash, a U-16 girls travel team, won the prestigious San Ramon Scramble tournament over the weekend of Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26.

It got off to a good start when Flash beat the Pleasanton Eclipse by a score of 3-1. Nicole Koehn scored all three goals on great passes from Taylor Byerly, Savannah Christopulos, Marlene Alvarez and Tamsin Kennedy. The defense helped fend off a furious Pleasanton attack in the second half as they sent nine players into the attack on a number of runs up the field.

In the afternoon, as the temperatures reached the upper 90s, the girls beat San Ramon Rampage, 5-0, with Byerly leading the charge with a trio of goals.. The defense pitched a shutout thanks to great efforts by Kiley Keswick, Natalie McCluskey, Martha Bermudez, Emily Holmes, Emily Delgado and Sanchala Sehgal. One of Byerly's goals came on a beautiful double cross started by Evelyn Alvarez-Rodrigues to Koehn who then sent it to Byerly for the finish.

On Sunday morning, needing only one goal to advance to the championship game, the Flash left no doubt as they beat a good Pleasanton Pride team, 6-1. Koehn, Byerly, Sydnei Taylor, Kayla Hamro and Christopulos tallied goals. Sanya Sehgal and Kennedy had two assists each. Once again, the defense was nearly impenetrable as the girls advanced.

Next up was the defending champion San Ramon Lightning - undefeated in league and tournament play leading into the match. Temperatures reached 96 at kickoff and the girls knew they had their work cut out for them. Koehn and Sydnei Taylor jump-started their team with goals in the first five minutes. San Ramon hadn't played from behind all season, but the Flash knew they had a lot of work to do. The Lightning scored shortly after on a nice header from a corner kick. Then it turned for the worse as a physical match led to a red card for a Flash defender. The girls would have to play one down for the next 70 minutes.

San Ramon took full advantage and tied the game two minutes later. Flash held their own and managed a goal by Byerly right before the half to take a 3-2 lead. As the Lightning stepped up their pressure from their exceptionally-strong midfielders and forwards in the second half, the Flash moved Cali Bachelder from the front lines to help the defense. Goalkeeper Aliyah McGrue, who hadn't been tested up to this game, faced shot after shot until a penalty shot found its way into the back of the net.

The teams battled back and forth until Koehn was able to break free on a pass from Kennedy, weaved her way past the last defender, and sailed one past a diving goalie. It was all hands on deck as the team was able to hold off a late charge by the Lightning and help on to win the tournament behind a gutsy 4-3 win over the defending champs. It was an amazing effort by the short-handed team that refused to give up.

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